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What are the symptoms of malaria?

Page last updated 18 July 2018

Malaria may present with cycles of fever, sweating, chills, and shivering, along with headache, diarrhoea, and anaemia.

Severe malaria, particularly of which is caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, may include symptoms of brain involvement (cerebral malaria) including abnormal behaviour, seizures, and coma. Acute respiratory distress, kidney failure, and death may also occur in cases of severe malaria.

Sources & Citations

  1. Victorian State Government, Better Health Channel, Malaria. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria Disease. Available at (accessed 5 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.05.0186a - Date of preparation May 2018